Be A Foster Parent or Adopt

Give a Child a Loving Family

Give a child a safe home

Are you ready to provide a loving home to a child in foster care?

New Horizons’ foster care and adoption program is actively seeking families who can provide a safe and loving home to children, ages birth to 18 years old.

Your family will be able to provide a place for a child or multiple children who have been through a traumatic and many times, abusive situation in their original home.

We are ready to help you begin your journey!

WHERE TO START

Step 1 – Learn Our Philosophy
First, read our Basic Requirements and Frequently Asked Questions. Next, read our Philosophy about Children and Families:
Our Philosophy about Children and Families
We are so grateful that you’ve expressed an interest in becoming a foster/adoptive parent. We are even more excited that you’re considering allowing New Horizons to help you through that process!

As you seek to make this commitment to kids and families (and ultimately to become part of the New Horizons family), we believe it’s important that you understand who we are and our philosophy towards children and families.

New Horizons’ motto is “Keeping Kids First!” This is not just a saying or a tag line for our brochures. It’s a philosophy we are deeply committed to living out in every facet of our programs and services.

We want to ensure that we are always, to the best of our ability, doing what’s best for kids in our care.

As a future partner with us, it’s important that you are prepared to embrace this philosophy when working with kids and families. Sounds easy, right? It’s NOT!

Sometimes, doing what’s best for kids is challenging. We must plan creatively and commit to trying new things which may force us out of our comfort zone.

We must work as a team with other professionals both internally and externally to completely understand perspectives and identify the real problem(s).

And perhaps most notably, it forces us to examine our own motivations and asks us to set aside our personal desires to consider what’s best for the child.

If you are ready to accept this challenge and walk alongside us in the journey, we welcome you into the midst of one of the most challenging paths you will ever take. But it is one that inevitably comes with much joy as you realize the impact you can have on your community and the precious lives of kids who so desperately need you!

Welcome to New Horizons!

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New Horizons trains and licenses homes for foster care and adoption in and around AbileneBrownwoodFort WorthGrahamMineral WellsSan Angelo, and Weatherford, Texas.

Step 2 – Complete and Submit Your Application
Please complete one application per household. In addition to your application, please submit:

    • CAPS Form for every household member 13 years and older (download)
    • Copy of drivers license (as applicable)
    • Copy of social security card for every household member ages 13 and over

Once your materials are submitted, New Horizons will initiate the necessary background checks and review your information. We will reach out to you in 7-10 days to discuss the next steps in the process.

Send Your Application and Materials to applications@newhorizonsinc.com
Step 3 – Learning about Your Family and Home
Here is where it gets personal! During this step, you will complete several documents to help us learn about your home, your background, and your family life.

Some of these documents are completed by you and others are done in conjunction with New Horizons. All the information gathered will be part of your final verification document, the Home Study. If you have any questions about these documents, we are here to help!

Documents Required
Document Copies Needed

  • Birth certificates – all household members
  • Social security cards – anyone under 14 not already submitted
  • Highest level of education achieved – caregivers only
  • Marriage license/divorce decrees
  • Current vehicle insurance – all vehicles owned or leased
  • Current pet vaccinations
  • Photo of whole family  – can be a selfie
  • Photos of front and back of home
  • TB Test for all household members age 1 and up

Forms – These forms will download automatically

During this time – New Horizons will also bring you the following forms for review/completion:

  • Initial Home Tour
  • Firearms Check
  • Appeals Process Policy
  • Family Violence Disclosure
  • Environmental Health Inspection
  • Fire Inspection
Send your documents to applications@newhorizonsinc.com
Step 4 – Training Classes 
After you have submitted your initial  documents, have completed the preliminary background check, and had an initial tour of your home completed, you are ready to begin training!

Your assigned Case Manager will assist you in enrolling in the appropriate training courses to meet the requirements set by the State of Texas. The specific training and hours required is dependent on the type of care you wish to provide.

Please note that even if you are a relative/kinship family, the requirements remain the same for verification.

› If you would like to be a foster home only (Children are living in your home while they work with their natural families to reunify or seek other permanency options)
Training Required
Licensed foster parents will complete approximately 35-40 hours of preservice training through a combination of in-person trainings, online training and self-instructional trainings. In-person training is typically done on a Friday/Saturday from 9 am to 6 pm each day. Please see the training calendar to find the next set of classes near you. There are 8 online/self-instructional trainings required for families – click to access training:

*DFPS = Texas Department of Family and Protective Services All caregivers must obtain or possess a current Adult/Infant/CPR Certification. New Horizons offers CPR classes (see training calendar) or you are free to pursue this class on your own.

› If you would like to be a foster to adopt home (Children placed in your home may or may not be free for adoption. You are generally interested in adoption, but are also willing to support children and their biological families in reunification.)
Training Required
Licensed foster to adopt parents will complete approximately 45 hours of preservice training through a combination of in-person trainings, online training and self-instructional trainings. In-person training is typically done on a Friday/Saturday from 9 am to 6 pm each day. Please see the training calendar to find the next set of classes near you. You will also complete the PRIDE Training Class as a 1 day Saturday session. There are 8 online/self-instructional trainings required for families:

*DFPS = Texas Department of Family and Protective Services All caregivers must obtain or possess a current Adult/Infant/CPR Certification. New Horizons offers CPR classes or you are free to pursue this class on your own.

Step 5 – Interviews 
Once we have completed the majority of paperwork and started the required training, your New Horizons Case Manager will schedule a time to visit your home and conduct interviews with all household members.

We will interview each household member individually, the caregivers together (when applicable), and the entire family group all together. This process usually takes a few hours, depending on the number of people living in your home.

We will be exploring topics related to your background, your childhood, your perception of yourself, information about your support systems, and how you manage life’s challenges.

In this phase, continue to work on completing any outstanding paperwork and be ready to talk about yourself and your family!

Step 6 – Almost There! Final Verification  
New Horizons will complete an audit of your file to ensure we have all necessary documentation and all requirements are met to complete the verification process. Once the audit is complete and your file is verified to meet all requirements, your Case Manager will schedule a time to come to your home and complete your final contract and verification documents.
At that time, your Case Manager will review and sign the following documents with you:

• Foster Parent Service Agreement

• Foster Parent Rights and Responsibilities

• Direct Deposit Form (please have a copy of a voided check available)

Following this signing, our Quality Assurance staff will conduct one final review of your family’s file before submitting your information to the DFPS database for approval. Once we submit this information, it typically takes 24-48 hours for your family to show as “Active” in the DFPS system.

Congratulations, you are now able to accept children into your home!

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